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Albino African Clawed Frogs Grow and Grow

Updated on June 16, 2011

Albino African Clawed Frogs

When I say Albino African Frogs Grow and Grow I mean it. These guys grow fast and they get big.

This is a story of my own experience of buying a frog for my son. These frogs can grow to be up to 5 inches, females can even get bigger than that. Something nobody Walmart where I bought him. If you are considreing buying one of these frogs as a pet don't take it lightly. They require care and attention just like any other pet. Do not buy one of those little aquarium tanks thinking it will be big enough, it won't. Yeah, it's only about 3/4 of inch long, but it won't stay that way.These frogs are not only scavengers, but predators as well. They will even eat live fish, (like goldfish), and they can live for years.

Albino African Clawed Frogs

You know, the cute little white frogs you see at Walmart.

I would like to share some info on Albino frogs. I am not a frog expert, just personal experience.

Last year I bought my son a goldfish and a little white frog. I didn't know anything about frogs, just that when I was kid we would use them for fish bait. I never considered having one for a pet. To be quite honest I didn't know what the life expectancy of a frog was, but figured it couldn't be too long.

I have now done some research and come to find out frogs can live for years. This is great because now we have become attached to him. We are not sure of its sex; it just looks like a boy, so we call it a "him".

I bought them a three gallon aquarium which the store associate said, would be fine. I ask her what they ate, and she said they just eat fish food. I looked and didn't see any frog food so I figured how hard could it be. Well, let me tell you. We now have a fifteen gallon tank, and I am looking for a bigger one. These innocent looking tiny frogs grow. That part was not mentioned when I purchased him. A three gallon tank is nowhere big enough to accommodate an Albino African Black Clawed Frog.

Anyway, after a couple of weeks of having our new house guests I noticed that the frog was now the same size as the fish. I thought wow that's cool! Well, after a couple of months the frog was bigger than the fish. Then, I thought wow he's getting big, and in four months I was looking for a bigger tank. So, then I decided I had better do some research. It turns out these frogs can grow to be 5 inches long.

I have read some articles that say you should only feed them frog food, but there is not a pet store in my area that carries frog food. He eats floating goldfish pellets and whatever else gets close to the top of the water. He will eat brine shrimp, freeze dried blood worms and bugs. He will even bite your fingers if you get them close enough.

Aquariums from Amazon

These aquariums would be a good size for Albino Frogs.

Albino frogs are aquatic frogs. That means they live in the water, but come to the surface to breathe. He will even sleep with his mouth/nose at the top of the water. They can eat a lot if you let them. I feed mine twice a day just what he will eat in fifteen minutes or so. He will use his "hands" to scoop the food into his mouth, and let's face it, if it eats that much, it poops that much. The water can get dirty quickly and must be changed often.

Some articles say that they like calm, still water, but I have filter system in the tank for the fish. It doesn't seem to bother him and helps to keep the water a little cleaner.

Moral of the story is: that if you are thinking of buying one of these frogs do some reading first. They are a commitment like any other pet. I bought mine unprepared. It turned out alright, but was truly not expecting him to grow to that size.

I found this great forum that's about frogs and toads. They are really great people that helped answer some questions. They're really knowledge about all things froggy. It's called the FrogForum.net.

Thanks for reading this.

Oopps! He is a She.

Well, I feel bad now. All this time I have been calling my frog a him and it turns out she's a girl. How can you tell? She laid eggs! I never thought about all of this when I bought her. I think some frogs are capable of parthenogenesis, but I am not sure these frogs are. I posted the question at the FrogForum.net to see if any of these guys know. These guys are serious experts, and have been nice enough to help me with other questions.

I tried to Google it, but I am not a scientist, and they use these frogs for a lot of research, and I am still not sure of the answer. Who would have ever thought buying a little white frog would have turned out so interesting.

If and when I find out the answer. I will let you know.

Okay, the guys over atFrog Forum said they won't hatch. Whew!

I don't know what I would have done, if they would have.

Just an Update

Well, I wrote this lense in September and since then I have found a few more interesting facts. One that females get larger thean males and that males will sing at night. The males sing, in hopes of attracting a mate. My frog is girl and doesn't make much noise, but once in a while she will kinda croak.

Another thing I found, is that my frog loves ghost shrimp. I found some at Walmart. They don't always have them, but I will get her some more the next time they do.

Frog Food

If you have a hard time finding food for your frog here is a small selection that may help.

Keeping Other Pets With Your Frog

DON"T DO IT !!!

A lot of you have questions about keeping other pets with your African Clawed Frog. If you put another pet in the tank with your frog it WILL eat it. These frogs are hunters and will eat other animals. I mine is not quite a year old and can eat 3 goldfish in one day, if I let her. Only, put other animals in the tank if you never want to see them again.

These guys are glutenous.

If you want to feed your frog some feeder fish that's one thing. but if you think you can put other fish in there and they will live happily ever after, it's not going to happen.

I guess what I am trying to say is:

Be sure you know what you are getting into.

I asked for some advice how to make this lens better, and one lady said, she wasn't sure if I was encouraging or discouraging people to have frogs as pets. Let me clarify. If you are serious about having a frog for a pet I am encouraging you to do so.On the other hand, if it is a passing whim, I discourage it.

I didn't know anything about my frog when I got her, but now that I know more about her, I want to let others know the same.

These frogs can be natural carriers of the Chytrid fungus. Now, your saying FUNGUS! It is a deadly disease that effects other frogs. So, whatever you do, DO NOT EVER turn your frog loose in the wild if you do not want him anymore. This fungus is devasting the world's amphibian poplulation, to the point of extinction for some species.

That being said, if you want to get one, and love it for really long time, and take care of it, go for it. They are actually quite fun. Just don't think you can get one, and when you get tired of taking care of it you can just turn it loose.

For more information on the Chytrid fungus,check out the Help Amphibian Ark lens.

Be Sure

There have been quite a few people who have read this lens and made comments about your frogs laying eggs and hatching them. I do not want to sound like a mother hen, but what are you going to do with all these little frogs? If just 25 make it, and grow into adult frogs, what are you going to do with them. Each one will need a 10 gallon tank and will require care.

These frogs can live for over 25 years.

I am just saying BE SURE you know what you are going to do with the baby frogs once that have matured.

Please tell me what you think. - Even if you don't like it.

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      Frodo 3 months ago

      Someone dropped off 3 african albino frogs at my house in a cup one year they didn't want them knowing I was an animal lover they New I would care for them. That was 5 years ago. 2 are male and 1 female I researched everything I could. They love feeder fish and blood worms they sing beautiful at night very calming they laid hundreds of eggs 3 that hatched I put them in there own aquarium now I have 6. They are now a year old one of them has stayed tiny eats a lot and is very active but never gets any bigger. Why?

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      Darla Hill 12 months ago

      I rescued two males and female 2 yrs.ago,one has escaped,read if they have to can live out of water for 6-9 months,don't know if that can be true. they have layed eggs,1 baby lived,but later got sucked into propellers of fish filter.female is cool and comes to you when your feeding her.I want to set up a kiddie pool indoors w/plants around pool,but not sure how to keep them from escaping/or committing sucide,and or keep cats from fishing them out and yet look very cool to,do you have any ideas/

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      linnyd 16 months ago

      Well I learned the hard way my daughter brought home this adorable little Albino frog it was sooooo cute but as already said he will eat ur other fish he has eaten 3 of my Dano glow fish so I put him in a smaller tank and told my daughter she better get that other tank set up cause if he dies oooppppppss so sorry!! I don't like when pets die but I have no other place for him he is in a 4x5x6 inch space he/ she is already a good 2 inches hope it survives only been in there for 5 days!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My frog had eggs I had a male and female in the tank. I seen the male eating them so I took him out. Will my eggs end up hatching?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My frog had eggs I had a male and female in the tank. I seen the male eating them so I took him out. Will my eggs end up hatching?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I made no commitment, I'm a grandfather who suddenly found himself with this African albino clawed frog that belonged to my grandson who moved away. The frog is now about a year old and 3 to 4 inches big and I feed it ..yes IT...I don't know if M or F, and feed it every 4th day feeder gold fish, started with 5 but the pet store usually adds one or 2 and the frog polishes them all in one day. Before I feed it I scoop up enough water to assure myself that the quality of the water is good and clean, and refresh it with equal amount of lukewarm tap water plus the water in the bag. I am 72 years old and not looking to do this long term, so I am looking for a good home for this frog FREE of course, my grandson can't keep it where he is so he agreed that I can give it away to a person who, as many of you say, can make the commitment.

      I live in Auburn, New York and my phone is: 315-255-9188. Thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello, I had gotten two frogs about a year or so ago and was told that they can be eat gold fish, and so I have been feeding them that along with pellets.....but reading some of the posts this might not be so good to feed them the gold fish. Hopefully I haven't caused any damage to them, I say them because I am unsure still if one is male - one has laid eggs so I know I have at lest one female. I appreciate all the info that is on this site! It is very helpful because I got them out of the "cool" factor without relizing how long of a life they live. The pet store I had got them at told me to feed them fish flakes and gold fish. Having these Aquatic Frogs is a learning experience that I have enjoyed and am looking forward to learning more. I was also told they reach around 5lbs when they are done growing.......anyone know if this is true? I know they get big but that seems Really Big!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a boy, Keith, and a girl, Kinkler. I rescued them when they were about six months old. They were in a display tank in an office and were really thin because they were not being fed properly. There were other fish in with them but the frogs were too small to cause them any damage. After pointing out how weak they were, the office let me take them home to a new tank I had set up for them a few days before. I started them in a smaller tank because I wasn't sure they were going to make it but boy was I underestimating them! In just a couple of weeks of feeding them bloodworm, daphnia, tubifex, prawns and turtle pellets (to boost their calcium) they were growing fast and had got really strong. They are so funny to watch and they sing and chirp to each other all day and night. I have now got them in a tank which is about 60 gallons. As soon as they moved into this tank, they laid loads of eggs. I was a bit worried because, as previous people have said, you need to find safe homes for all these little frogs. Luckily I know three people who have aquatic businesses and made arrangements for them to handle finding them homes. Sadly, out of the roughly 200 eggs they laid, I only have one surviving tadpole as they have eaten the others. I did set up a nursery for them but they were too small to catch and got eaten quickly. However, as I type they are making sweet froggy love and drowning out my tv with their love songs! I don't know if they will lay again so quickly but we will see.

      I was unsure to start with whether they were male or female. I have learnt these facts; males get black palms when they reach sexual maturity, ladies develop a slight point to their genital area and the males stays flat, males sing and ladies croak, females develop fat looking ridges either side of their back at the rear when they are forming eggs and the ladies definitely get bigger. In my experience a drop of temperature paired with a water change can prompt them to breed. Apparently it is due to them naturally spawning in the rainy season when their ponds are cooled by extra rainfall. If you cannot home the babies be careful not to trigger the behaviour.

      I totally agree with the person who discouraged these frogs as a whim buy. They need care and attention like any living creature and have spoken to a couple of people who have had these frogs twenty years or more. I look forward to caring for these little guys. They let me hand feed them and will sit in my hand in the water. They are around 6cm snout to vent and the home they are in will last them for years to come. Eventually, if they get monstrously large, I plan to build them a covered indoor pond. Covered because they are talented escape artists. If they do get out they can survive for a short period, as in the wild they are sometimes forced to move ponds, but they get dehydrated if out for too long. If need be, weigh the lid down with something to avoid escapees.

      They also have special skin which produces a slime that helps the to heal quickly and a dotted line around their body which senses temperature variation and vibrations in the water.

      Don't be alarmed either when they shed their skin. It looks like smoke around them in the water and they wrestle it from around themselves and eat it.

      I would not be without these frogs now but please think carefully if they are right for you before buying some. If you do decide to go ahead, do your research online. There is a lot of info available. Most of all love them because they are brilliant! The more you interact with them the more they get used to you. At first you will get nibbled fingers but it doesn't hurt so don't let them scare you! You have to respect their moxy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't know if anyone replied to you but, speaking from experience, they will be fine with the fish until they are a certain size then they will eat them. I suggest getting a separate tank for the frogs before this happens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We LOVE our Ribbit!! We have had him now for 8.5 years and he/she (don't really know) has more than tripled in size. He has it made, last year we moved him into a 35 gallon tank and he loves it! He eats anything!!! Other frogs, moths, worms, crickets, fish, grasshoppers and sinking shrimp pellets (those seem to be his favorite from the store). Ribbit is the main attraction for any new children that come over to visit. They seemed to just be amazed at him. He likes to come to the surfact and nibble on my finger and he has started letting me pet him. We just love him!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello all, this is a cute site. i have 5 clawed frogs,(2 females, frick and freck,3 males, fred, then the twin males pink and blue) and about 50 tadpoles. they are fun pets,we love them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello all, this is a cute site. i have 5 clawed frogs,(2 females, frick and freck,3 males, fred, then the twin males pink and blue) and about 50 tadpoles. they are fun pets,we love them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a frog to and I also have a shark a Molly and two tiger fish albino cat fish they been together for at least 5 months now and my frog gets along just fine with the fish he is pretty big bigger then the fish he will be fine u don't want the fish to be to small but a descent size good luck and enjoy I love my frog

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i think they will be fine until the frog is bigger than the fish, then id move them away.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HI ,I LOVE MY FROG!!! AND I M LOOKING FOR BOYFRIEND FOR HER,,,,IF ANYONE DOESENT WANT FROG PLEASE LET ME KNOW,,I WANT TO BE GRANDMA,,LOL

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really great info! Learned a lot from this and now have a better understanding on the frog. Thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think this is great Info. Because I got one of these frogs six or seven months ago and we are looking for a third tank already! I love my little frog!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought one today and pet shop told me they don't grow big....... grrrrrr

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Do you live in FL? I have a boy. Looking for a new home

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I would either try to return the frog or be prepared to buy another fish tank for just the frogs. We got our frog four months ago. The pet store told me the same thing. He would be fine with my neon tetras, neon and beta. Well, he has now grown from a quarter size frog to three inches and ate two of my fish before I could get them separated. They were fine at first until he grew. I am waiting for a new tank. Also, he chirps all night long. My daughter is attached and I feel very responsible for him but if I knew what I know now I would not have purchased him. Good luck

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I got 2 of these from the pet shop yesterday, I told them what fish I have and they said they will be fine, I have clown poach, guppies, silver shark, mollies what should I do? I don't want to lose my fish

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      carmen-sierra-5205 5 years ago

      i love this page,,,,i love my baby girl(frog) sooo much,,she ll eat of my hand and play with me,,,love her ,,thank u for all information u guys provide,,,very interesting

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      carmen-sierra-5205 5 years ago

      @anonymous: IF U STILL GOT IT,,,I M INTRESTED,,,,PLEASE CONTACT ME

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      carmen-sierra-5205 5 years ago

      @anonymous: HI,,,SO U MEAN THEY DON'T NEED PATHNER TO HAVE BABIES?

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      carmen-sierra-5205 5 years ago

      @anonymous: IF U DONT WANT U R FROG AND IS MALE I M INTRESTED,,,THANKS

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      carmen-sierra-5205 5 years ago

      @anonymous: please,,,dont give it away,,i m looking for male for my frog(female,,if u want contact me please,,,,thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hello!!! i love my frog !!! is a girl,,and i m looking for boyfriend for her,,,,been to many stores but they have babies,,i need an adult because i want my frog to have babies,,,,,anyone??? please!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ok the fish went down his little throat. It took all day but he did it. What a piggy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Our frog ate one of our big fish and it's stuck in his mouth. We have been watching him all day and it's not going down. Half of the fish is hanging out and we don't know if we should leave him alone or take him to the vet. We tried to pull it out but to no avail. Any advice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I purchased 3 of these frogs around 8 years ago, like you, not knowing what I was getting into. I just thought they were cool and low maintenance pets for my 2 little boys. Our frogs are now in a 40 gallon tank. we have recently purchased 2 grey ones and now they are almost as big as the 8 year olds. We keep our tank stocked with feeder fish and supplement with frozen blood worms. WE may be investing in a larger tank soon. About the eggs. Ours have laid eggs on occasion, not very often..but they ate them before we could save them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought 2 female (I think) ACF'S about 7 months ago. I have them with my 3 rosy barbs, 1 comet, and 2 other small fish in a 8 gal. tank and they are doing great! 1 or both of them have laid eggs, I think they're eggs, they look like white flat dots and they are everywhere. Mostly likely they are both females and won't be fertilized. Since buying them I've educated myself more about the frogs and bought 55 gal. All fish are in the big tank now except for the frogs which will go in soon. The frogs are bigger than my rosy barbs but they don't bother them. Lets keep are fingers crossed!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My son has one of these frogs in his 38 gal tank with tank mates that have 'survived.' We have actually caught him red handed with schooling fish in his mouth, so need less to say, what is left in the tank are two sharks, 2 eels, a large skirted tetra, an albino crawfish and about 6 corey cats...this morning at around 2:30, I heard a scuffling underneath my bed, and I knew that I had put my dog in the kennel. I listened again, and heard it again. I knew that whatever it was had made it to the otherside of the bed, so I knew what side it was on. I first grabbed a flashlight and didn't see anything, so then turned the light on. I got out of bed, and went to where my window was, and pulled back the curtain, and there he was..the FROG...keep in mind, that my bedroom is down 2 halls and thru the living room from where my son's room is, so I have no idea how long he had been out. This is the second time he has jumped out...the first time, which was about a week and a half ago, he never made it out of my son's bedroom...His frog is fairly large, so just beware that if you have a filtering system in your fish tank, that they might be able to get on that an get out..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh also, can someone tell me how much to feed these guys? I drop in 4 or 5 shrimp pellets for them twice a day. They are still young so not sure how much they really eat, but they seem to have hearty appetites, thx!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the useful information. I too bought 2 babies with beta fish and the store said the 2.5 gallon tanks were good enough. I even went back after reading your sight and they said "Were not trying to sell you everything in the store, take my word on it because I breed them." I am now looking for a 15 gallon tank to separate the frogs from the fish. I'm praying they are both the same sex.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful sight...I bought three before Christmas not knowing they grow

      and now they are all 3 inches and growing. One male and 2 females. I appreciate the info it will help me with our journey together....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i was just checking on here to see what water level my albino frog desired, and came across your story. i enjoyed reading it. thanks for sharing your research. i've had my guy for 8 yrs.. i've often wondered if he really was a fella, but since you wrote about the nite singing, yep! he's a he. he is so ugly i named him fabio, after the big ugly dude the romance writer uses. (he also did that butter commercial) anyway, thanks again!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have albino clawed frogs and your not supposed to feed your frog gold fish it can kill it something about the spine cane tear up your frogs orgins or something but anyway thanks for writing this story i like it it is funny haha i was the \same my frogs just shot up in size lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I to have a female African Albino Clawed Frog and she shares her 40 gallon tank with a Albino Algee eater whom I have had for many years. She sleeps on top of the algee eater at night and stays with him a lot. They are good friends. She will come to the top of the tank when I knock on it for her worm. She knows now when the worm is coming. Your story is good and thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i feed mine reptile sticks and bugs and small fish i find him verry easy to care for and fun to watch have had for several yrs now

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have our frog for 6 years now, my daughter got him for her 3rd birthday. He has eaten snails after they have died. He has lived side by side with 2 other bigger goldfish for a few years without bothering them at all. He is in a 10 gallon tank and does just fine. I am looking to get one for my godson but haven't seen them in any Walmarts around here in years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What does it mean when claws turn black?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was. Just going nuts in the room trying to find out where this weird noise was. Coming from..now I know! Guess have male. Purchased at Pets Plus and was told only will grow as big as environment its in..we'll see..kinda ugly the way u can see thru skin...might return to store.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      sharon here again, just wroke this morning, and to my great happyness all the old food is gone and hes looking for more. lol. he is swimming around. i guess he just needed to ge use to the new tank tbe rocks r green instead of black. i got a new little frog n put in his old tank. i don't put anything else with my frog, becaise he killed everything i put in with him fish,snal crabs just sayn my frog will go it alone he even moves the trees around. i do love to watch him great entertainment

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow...I just bought mine from Walmart...

      They had the gold fish and the frogs together so I figured out was perfect...bought 4 of each!

      But of course they couldn't tell me what they eat and then I come across this Idk

      What to do...I don't wanna loose my fish...is there a way to only feed them skittle and they won't get to big...Idk if I should return them except maybe just one.....i'm so lost now with all this new information....speechless

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i got a white frog a few months ago and it got to the point i got a 20 gallon tank . buy now it hid behind the filter for a night then it came out i put it normal food in and it wont eat it which is making the water clody. it will eat when it see it drop i need to figure out how to get the old food out. and it is also gettinbumps on its butt . does that mean it's a male ?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am looking at my 3 albino frogs right now, living with 4 goldfish. I think if you buy them altogether they will be fine. These little froggies are cute and fascinating to watch. I first got one in 1999 and he/she grew to about 2 inches. I've never seen any eggs with my frogs, I believe the frogs would eat them! Remember also, they shed they're skin so don't be worried if you see some yucky jelly floating in the tank - its just there skin.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello! I have two ACFs and im curious to know the gender. The largest one i have is an albino. Ive been calling her female because of her large size (comapired to my other) shes about 2 1/2 inches and growing. She has Thick legs and a large tummy, as well as a (bear with me) caupla, i think that's how its spelt. (the little lip type things between her back legs to witch she'd lay her eggs. But.. Her hands have been recently turning black and i am confused as she has the female parts. The second frog is young, still only about an inch long. Hes darker brown and green and i can't tell the gender, but ive been calling it a him sense he was a tadpole. He doesn't have the female parts and he is thinner so i assume he is male. I can email pictures upon request. Can anyone help me?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've had my two frogs since I was 11, I'm now 16. They're great pets to have :D and really fun to look at

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Anyone know of a online store that I can buy an adult clawed frog.. aslso @ Trenton females can also have black front feet mine does..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey kaitlyn I don't know what ur email is lol but mine is trenton84111@hotmail.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: @Trenton, can you please email me? As I do not have your email address. I have a couple questions..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the info...I, like you got this "little" frog as a gift from my neice because she knows I like frogs. I put it in the aquarium with my fish and now 4 years later I still have the frog (which thanks to this website I now know is a girl) but no fish and she is huge. I was wondering though if yours ever gets "bloated" looking, like someone pumped air under the skin? My frog has just started that....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi my name is Angela we have 3 frogs and 2 Oscars in a 55 gallon tank. I know a tone about these fronts they are very easy to care for and make great aquatic pets.. if anyone has any questions pleas feel free to E-mail me tandksmomfl@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That's odd that it laid eggs it looked like it had black front pads and that's a male they become sticky and black to be able to hold onto the female... I have two and they are huge lol they love earth worms as well and its funny to watch them eat them best of luck and if you have any questions feel free to ask....

      Trenton

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Live worms from the garden, they love trying to find them, great entertainment for onlookers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I will be moving and will be taking my frog "Budha" with me. What is the safest way to transport him ? We'll be on the road 2 days.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good to know! I just got one today for my classroom, I got one at a reptile/amphibian store, they showed me a full grown one and I got a 10 gallon tank and a filter, and they said if I feed him every other day it will slow down his growth. Wish me luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I saw some of these in my local fish shop and the owner said go and read about them before I just jump in and buy one. After reading this I think I will leave them in the shop, I have an active fish tank and love all my fishies. Thanks for the "heads up"

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      SewingMama 5 years ago

      Very well-thought-out lens. I think it's great that you get down to the realities of it, but still have and enjoy yours. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well i too learned from experience, i had one and loved him so much i got him tattooed on my leg. but from what i researched and found out they are very unique, see thee is no HE OR SHE THEY ARE UNISEX WHICH MEANS THEY REPRODUCE ALONE. cool huh

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: The only thing that is in the tank with mine is 2 fake plants(for hiding), a big plescausemius, and a big snail. My frog misses her food too but when I push it towards her, she about gets me. She jumps clear out of the water with her mouth open. She doesn't eat the wafers. She loves bloodworms and dried crickets. But I did find out that they can't see very well. That could explain the trance that they go into.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also learned the same as everyone else. My problem child is named Waterlogged. She was a few years old when given to me. I have her in a 75 gl with a 10" pleco, 2 pictus cats, 2 gouramis, an angel fish, a Roseline shark, and 4 bristle-nose plecos. The bn plecos mated with 2 batches and they are so quick, the frog can't catch them! She has been fine with all of these fish. Word of advice-DO NOT get smaller frogs. If anything is the size of it's mouth-consider it gone. Don't use small rocks if possible, they can be ingested while trying to shovel food in. They will destroy plants, try something that stays near the top. Ours has jumped out twice so we have put a guard up over the gaps. We also feed her algae wafers. She loves then! The only thing I can't figure out is why she goes into a trance when feeding her. Add long as she is at the top she misses her food so I blow on the water or splash a little just to get her to go back down and she freezes. She's weird. Lol Good luck with yours!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These frogs will eat anything they can fit into their mouths. Mine like an assortment of things like dried crickets, blood worms (found in the frozen section at your local petstore), live shrimp (used for fish), and tropical fish food flakes. They need a variety of foods to get the best nutrition. The only thing I have heard NOT to feed is gold fish. But regular feeder fish is fine. Hope this helps. I have spent hours researching the care that needs to be given to our frogs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have read that gold fish are one of the only things not to feed the frogs. Somehow they are liks poison to them. You do have to monitor what they eat because they will eat theirselves to death. Mine loves dried crickets. I give her 3 or 4 a day but she is getting too fat so I think I need to cut it back.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      im a very new owner of 1 female. she is as big as my hand. shes so awesome i love her to pieces. my husband got her for me. just trying to find every little thing i can about her. what they eat etc etc...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Im a fairly new owner of two, i believe a female and a male. Mine eat like crazy. I have decided to buy 2 dozen tiny gold fish which are usually gone within 2 days. Is that bad. Are they going to eat themselves to death? As much as they eat I would love to throw a ton of gold fish in there and only hve to go to the pet store once a month. ???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My frog does the same thing. She is about a year old now. My 3 year old named her riddet. That how he says it. She follows me from one side of her tank to the other and stands on her back legs looking at me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a frog that swelled up and floated for 5 days. I went to Petsmart and they told me that it was a called bloat disease. It is where the frogs intestines get clogged and the can die. I got some medicine to go in the tank that would have saved it but I waited too late and she died. the meds are only about 5 dollars.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I laugh at your posts because I found all this out just like you did except the pet store mistaked her breed. They told me she was an african drawrf frog and that she wouldn't get any bigger. Little did I know, she was only a baby. I quickly did research when she got big enough to eat 2 neons in one day. I felt like I was in over my head at first but she was separated from all other fish and I have grown quite fond of her. My 2 year old at the time named her riddet. That was how he says it. I found out that once they get a little big, the females will have a straw looking thing in between her legs on her back-side that is used to lay her eggs.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, feeder guppies are live fish. Unlike Fancy Guppies, the kind usually kept as pets, these fish are pretty plain. There is more demand for them as food than pets, so they are very inexpensive, usually 20 cents where I shop. I won't feed live fish, but I'm lucky. My frog is content with Reptomin sticks.

      I would advise getting an adjustable heater and getting the water temp up a little. They say frogs are fine at room temp, but that is regarded as the low-to-mid 70s, not 60! Warming him up a little may help stimulate his appetite, too. Please do frequently check the water parameters, and keep up with cleaning the tank. They are sensitive to water quality. Good luck!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks bonnie,i tried live worms,+live blood worms,im wondering if the tank may be a bit cold it is 60 degrees i will be going to see if i can get some reptomin sticks 2morrow,are feeder guppies live fish- erm baby guppies, many thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Put a couple of feeder guppies in the tank. I can pretty much guarantee they will "disappear." Frogs also love worms of all kinds. Do not get feeder goldfish, very bad for them. Some frogs will happily eat Reptomin sticks, but if you are trying fish food, that's your problem.

      If it shows no interest in live food, investigate your water quality. These frogs are messy and require some work to keep their tanks clean. They are sensitive to chlorine, heavy metals and poor quality water.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Get an automatic fish feeder (the mechanical kind). Less than $15 for a basic model. It should dispense broken up Reptomin sticks just fine. They will survive just fine on those. Try it out for a few days before you leave to make sure it functions properly. I think most of them only hold a week's worth of food, though. If you can't fine anyone you can trust (like a hired pet-sitter, friend or family member) to re-fill it, it will still be fine. Make sure all compartments are filled before you leave, and your frog will only be without food for 3 days max. He'll be hungry when you get home, but certainly will not starve to death!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you want to keep your time free, do NOT get Goldfish! They get huge, requiring huge tanks and huge filters. They also require having 30% of all that water changed each and every week, while thoroughly vacuuming the graveL. A properly cared for Goldfish can live 25 years. Do you want to put forth that much effort each and every week until you are 80? Get some nice tropical fish or a Betta. Much less work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      loved this,i found it very helpful,as i rescued one of these frogs the problem is it wont eat,ive tried alsorts,anyone have any idea why its not eating,it just sits in same place not moving

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi i have an albino frog in a 50 gal tank with a soft shelled turtle,three gold fish,a dragon fish,a plecostomus,snails, they get along great the,the frog and turtle sit on the bottom together all the time, sometimes they lay on top of each other. the turtle never comes out of the water and has a floating island. they have all ben in the tank together 2 years.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have a male and a female, both still growing. It's fun to put about a dozen feeder fish in with them and see how long they last. We have one fish who's been in there almost a month now. We have tried putting snails in with them, for more life in the tank. The snails lasted until the female discovered she could get at the soft fleshy part while they're attached to the walls. The frogs are fun to watch...they have that sort of 'ugly cuteness'. I like when they dart up the the surface to gulp air, then sink down sooo slowly.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've had my Dudley for a few years now, Living in an Apt. That Dosent Allow Pets, I was Able to Sneak him in Under the Radar in my 10 Gal. Aquarium. It was So Easy to Get Attached to him, And YES They Grow and Grow !! Sadly Today My Dudley Passed away. Just a Heads Up..They Do Some-Times like to Escape Out of there Aqu. I Thought I had Plenty of Weight and the Holes Plugged Well Enough..But Dudley "Houdini" Found a way out, Wasn't the First time..But Sadly his Last :( R.I.P. Dudley You Wil Be Missed <3

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have 2 albino frogs. im sure one is a girl and 1 is a boy b/c of the size difference. will they mate eventually?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have had these frog for years. my son gave me two for my birthday i love them. i have been collecting frogs for 31 years. i was glad to add them to my collection. i too have experience some off these same things. mine love crickets, they eat everything but the legs

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: He's got bloat. Either your water quality isn't great and needs to be rid of chlorine through water conditioner, he ate the substrate or gravel in your tank, or he is bloated from gas in food. Take him to a vet.

      This article is more in depth: http://frogworld.net/frog-health/dropsy/

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: He's got bloat. Either your water quality isn't great and needs to be rid of chlorine through water conditioner, he ate the substrate or gravel in your tank, or he is bloated from gas in food. Take him to a vet.

      This article is more in depth: http://frogworld.net/frog-health/dropsy/

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just baught my 4 kids 4 of these frogs i feed them mini shrimp and there in a 30gal tank i was told to get fish incase they lay eggs the fish will eat them and if the fish have babies the frogs will eat them is that true and its only been 1 day but my tank is starting to get cloudy what should i do?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i just got two tiny clawed frogs they don`t eat much. i feed them pellets and bloodworms, it seems all they do is eat since the pellets sink to the bottom.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have an albino frog. ive had him about 6 years. now he has a big knot on his stomach. he floats now. he can't hardly swim. the side the knot is on is the side that floats. when he swims it seems hard for him to swim he spins. i need some help. does anyone happen to know what might be wrong.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I would have to disagree with you. My AA Frog has enjoyed many of my kids other goldfish. We had 6 fair size minnows in our tank, and now we are down to 5. They WILL eat anything else you put in there. We have resorted to buying fish that are 3-4 inches long just to make sure that they are not lunch.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i have six albino clawed frogs i have them from birth in a 50 gal tank with 6 green tiger barbs 6 normal tiger barbs 6 platey and a fighter fish iv had them all about a year and not one has been eaten the frogs are huge nearly 6 inchs my frogs have been around fish since birth but thay need to be looked after 50% water change 1 a week clean filters 1 a week i feed them blood worm fish love it too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Never feed your African Albino Black Clawed frog goldfish! It's toxic to them & they will die! A better choice of live feeders is guppies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I also bought my son, Bishop, an albino frog from Wal-Mart about 4 years ago. I knew nothing about these frogs, especially that they would grow black claws about 2 years after we bought him. he's also very attached to me & my son. we have him in a 10 gallon tank, & he swims to whichever side we are standing....weird. but, he has become a part of our family & I pleased to anouce, we're close to year #5.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just saw my 1st Albino African Aquatic Frog 2day. I read UR comments and have done a short study on my own,Cute,Odd, Conversation Piece,but no thanks.Too much time,care needed to do it right. If i had kids or an ofc. maybe. I'm a 55yr old retired single guy.I'm keeping my time open for the ladies & maybe, GOLDFISH.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That was great information I have now learned that my AA frog is a female and I have had her for 6yr I originally had 3 but 2 died. I had no idea they would get this big. I have always fed her Live blk worms because the red ones seem to dirty the tank. I just purchase yesterday a 10 gallon tank because she is huge.. Thanks for the info I will now educate myself because I really love my frog.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wished I had done some research on these things. I was given a tank with some huge fish and a frog. I traded in the huge fish and brought home a bag of one-inch Cories. When I released them into the tank, you can guess what happened! Luckily i was able to grab a net and transfer him to the other tank really fast, but it was horrible. I had no idea he would attack the fish. I guess you learn something new every day, but I really wish it would have been something else. I feel awful about it!

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      Kimsworld LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hmmm.... Good question. I just don 't know what the answer is. I let me check with the guys over at the frog forum and see what they say.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Question: what can I feed my Albino African Clawed Frog while I`m on vacation? I`ll be gone 10 days, and the person who usually feeds him will be gone too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have 1 Albino Black Claw Frog. I thought it was a male until I discovered several hundred eggs in bottom of tank, sure glad to learn they won't hatch. My husband named him Freddie the Frog but now has been named Freida. I'm sure she will outlive my husband and myself since we are 70 years old. Plan on our granddaughter taking care of her then.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Albino frogs are interesting. Blessed by an April Fools angel. See this featured on my April Fools Angel Blessing as soon as it is published. Your blessing is coming first. So check back.

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      r2fish 6 years ago

      Nice informative lens. Thanks for sharing...

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      Lironah 6 years ago

      I'm glad the frogs we got at the carnival turned out to be African dwarf frogs and not African clawed frogs like yours. The girls would have been heartbroken if we'd had to get rid of them because they were too big for our tank. Plus, it's fun being able to keep fish with them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: xenopus one is online and ships to a lot of places.or try xenopus exspress.also enasco can sell them too.cichlid station sells them as babies.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: i have 4 clawed frogs.if you add a frog from 3 to 5 inches,you could put an adult male from xenopus one or xenopus exspress.or you could put a baby clawed frog in a 2 gallon tank till it grows.feeding bloodworms and krill helps to make it grow.hope that helps you.PS. xenopus one and xenopus exspress is online.